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Old 09-20-2015, 08:05 PM   #1
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Do you NASCAR?

DW's sister and DH are avid NASCAR fans...we are getting into it. (I'm more a formula 1 guy). I see all the rigs at last weeks race in Virginia, today's race at Chicago, input would be welcome cause it looks like it sure would be fun to take DISCO to a race and be part of the crowd.
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Old 09-20-2015, 08:17 PM   #2
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DW's sister and DH are avid NASCAR fans...we are getting into it. (I'm more a formula 1 guy). I see all the rigs at last weeks race in Virginia, today's race at Chicago, input would be welcome cause it looks like it sure would be fun to take DISCO to a race and be part of the crowd.
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Are you referencing Darryl Waltrip's sister and Delana Harvick?
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Old 09-20-2015, 08:23 PM   #3
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It is great if you can get into the infield AND in the right part of the infield (some parts have very loud and rowdy folks). We rented a space at the Texas race from someone on Ebay and it was so much fun! I would suggest getting there as early as they allow, though. It gets very entertaining watching late arrivals try to squeeze into those narrow spots. At Texas the lots were ~40'x18', sized from an era when RVs were much smaller. Hard to put a large coach in there at all, much less find room for a toad.

But you definitely cannot beat the experience of really, really being there!
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Old 09-20-2015, 09:10 PM   #4
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The better half and I are big NASCAR fans. Watch daily shows and all the broadcast on the week ends. We go to both races at Texas each year and have our reserved site with water and electricity. Our spot is normally tame compared to other campgrounds. We are old now and need more of that thing called sleep. Camping is just part of NASCAR and adds to the adventure. Welcome to the sport.
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We are also big Nascar fans for many years. We have stayed at Homestead and Phoenix tracks with our 40' Class A. Depending on where you park, it can be one big party. Some tracks have family zones to control the rowdies. Infield parking is great, but pretty expensive. Most spots are " dry" camping - no power, water, sewer. If you take it easy with water and sewer use, you can make it 5 or 6 days. Spots are generally pretty tight, so you may have your neigbours' generator exhaust blowing in your windows. As previous poster said, get there earlier in the week to avoid huge traffic jams.
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We did the spring race at Phoenix. There were several of us and we opted to dry camp not on blacktop expensive spaces but rather in the desert area in the outskirts. We had way more room, great neighbors all around and we ended up closer to the track than many who paid 3 times what we did. it required us getting there several days early to get in the line as its first come first serve but as fulltimers our group didn't care. There are lots of options at all the tracks but you need to check them out.
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Enjoy it

We go to several races a year. We have been to Pocono, Dover, Richmond, Charlotte, Bristol, Martinsville, Darlington and Talladega.

It is a lot of fun and excitement, having a toad we also get to see the local sites which adds to the trip.

We boondock and have never had issues being their for four days.

Leaving the day after the race makes for a easy exit with no traffic.

Ya got to do it at least once. Quite the experience :cool.
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My son, daughter, and I have been making NASCAR races since 1997. Talladega, Texas, Bristol, Martinsville, Memphis, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Kansas, Daytona.

We have stayed in the infield at Texas and Kansas. Quite the experience for sure.

Heading to Kansas again in October and stay in campground close to the new casino. There was rain and mud in the campground in the Spring. It sure would be nice for Kansas to add some crushed rock to their campground.
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I have been to several NASCAR Races and enjoyed them all. The only one we have ever camped at is our "Home Track" Watkins Glen. It is only 160 miles from home. We have been going there for over 15 years to camp and watch the races. What a great time we all have. My wife, daughter, son and some of our grandchildren go also. I take our MH and my son takes a tow behind. We have the two sites we get every year just 100 yards away from the "Berm" (turn 11).
We leave early on Thursday morning and come back on Monday morning. 4 days of solid partying and having a good time!
My daughter got married there this last August. A friend of ours just a couple sites away is an ordained Minister and he performed the ceremony. He took a short break in the middle of the ceremony to take a shot of Old grand dad before continuing. A friend who goes with my son was the flower girl. If you can picture a 375# plus, 6'2" guy holding dandelions and butter cups, lets just say it was precious.
We had our friend Matt Puccia crew chief on the 16 car over for dinner Thursday night. Matt grew up three houses from our home and he and my kids all went to school together. Greg couldn't make it as he had another commitment.
We will be going there each year as long as we can. This is the highlight of our camping experiences each year.
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We did the spring race at Phoenix.
Phoenix has some RV parking that puts you within 50 feet of the backstretch - but the cost is $3000+ for the weekend!

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$3000????? I'd have to think long and hard about that. Our sites are $300 from Wednesday until Monday. 300' from the track with porta-potties between our MH and the track.
Works for me. Watch the race a bit, visit the pottie, go to the MH, grab another brew, watch the race a bit, visit the pottie, go to the MH and repeat the process. I do this for practice and qualifying.
We do get grandstand seats in turn 10 for the races. 36 rows up. Our preferred seating. No drinking during the race. That is a real climb every 20 minutes. LOL
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Haven't camped at NASCAR, But have done the Sprint Car WOO deal, it's fun but not very clean, love the dirt racing, but hate the clan up.
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any suggestion's on purchasing and using (trick's and tip's and not to do's) sewer terd toater, we might be going to a few campground's that only have a dump station, no water, and sewer hook up's, only electric.
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any suggestion's on purchasing and using (trick's and tip's and not to do's) sewer terd toater, we might be going to a few campground's that only have a dump station, no water, and sewer hook up's, only electric.
I can't speak for any other tracks but when we go to the "Glen" we take along our Thetford 35 gallon tank. There is a dumping station about 1/4 mile from our sites. I have pulled it down and back but usually we load it into the back of my son's pick up and take it down.
There is also a sanitation company which drives through a couple times a day which will drain your tanks for a fee. This is the same company which maintains the porta-potties.
There is a water faucet about 150' from our sites. We have hose reels which we hook up and fill our tanks with when they get low. We also fill other campers tanks while we have the hoses out and they do the same for us. Most of us in our area have been camping together for several years and have gotten to know and help each other out at anytime.
There are showers where the dumping station is as well bathroom facilities and a large row of porta-potties just 100' or so away from our sites. These are well maintained and nearly always spotlessly clean.
I don't know how many camping sites the "Glen" has but it is well into the thousands if not ten thousands. It is clean with trash cans galore which are dumped at least once a day. The camping areas further away from the track have shuttle busses which operate all day long and into the night. No fee for riding. The lower priced camping areas are a mile or more from the track. There are several tractor trailer shower units parked around the camping areas which operate for a fee. We have use of the showers and dumping station in our camping area for free but pay more for our location.
There is also a redemption center for cans next to the dumping station. We make real good use of that! LOL
Generators are allowed to run from 7 AM until 11 PM unless you have a medical device which requires running through the night. You need a letter or certificate to support this. There is a constant police patrol all day and night throughout all the camping areas as well as medical help just a phone call away. Injuries can be assessed and handled at the infield care center.
The sites are spacious and well marked and easily accessed. No storage or enclosed trailers are allowed into the camping area. There are UTV'S which carry ice for sale traveling through all the campsites all day long. A little pricey but convenient. We go through a lot of it. We take several coolers along with us which are empty when we leave. We stop a few miles from the track on the way down and fill all the coolers with ice bags which will last almost all the time we are there. The ice is about 1/2 the price as the UTV'S.
We are only a short distance from Vendor's Alley and spend quite a bit of time there. It is only about a ten minute walk from our sites.
There are free concerts Friday and Saturday nights which we attend. Always a good time to be had.
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